Rajai Davis got tested often early as the Tigers’ new center fielder. He had a big game defensively and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Davis and Ezequiel Carrera, who was called up from Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, could end up sharing time in center field after Austin Jackson was shipped to Seattle as part of the three-way trade that brought pitcher David Price to the Tigers from the Rays.

Davis hit a two-run single to break a scoreless tie in the fifth inning and then scored from first on a double by Ian Kinsler to give the Tigers a three-run cushion over the Rockies.

The Tigers went on to beat the Rockies, 4-2, on Friday night at Comerica Park.

“I tried not to take the circumstance into consideration,” Davis said of starting in center in the first game since the Jackson was traded. “Just try to focus on what I need to focus on, that’s getting on base, scoring runs, hitting the ball hard.”

Justin Verlander improved to 25-2 in Interleague play. He gave up eight hits, no walks and two runs over eight innings with five strikeouts for the Tigers. Verlander has now won each of his last 14 decisions against National League teams dating back to June 27, 2010.

Six of the first seven hitters for the Rockies hit fly balls, including four to Davis.

“He did a great job,” Verlander said of Davis. “I put him to the test the first couple of innings. Had him running around pretty good.

“He tracked it down pretty well.”

The Tigers had managed two hits over the first four innings off Rockies starter Franklin Morales, who came into the game with a 6.20 ERA in 45 innings on the road this season.

With one out in the fifth, Bryan Holaday singled and Eugenio Suarez hit a double to left. Davis singled on a ground ball to center to score Holaday and Suarez.